Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from November, 2014
Mother Who Claims to Have Killed 10 Taliban Militants Becomes National Hero in Afghanistan
A woman in Farah province, Afghanistan, has shot to fame after she avenged the death of her son and fired on Taliban militants from the checkpoint where he was killed.
Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps
Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.
Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive
Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.
Thousands of Miles Away From Ebola, Kazakh Scientists Promise a Vaccine
Central Asia has no recorded cases of Ebola yet, but while citizens of one country in the region are avoiding bananas, scientists in another are striving for a vaccine.
Kyrgyzstan's First President Dreams of Returning to His Homeland. He Should Keep Dreaming.
Kyrgyzstan's 70-year-old former president Askar Akaev, overthrown in 2005, is among the most gifted academics in his country's history. He was also unquestionably corrupt. Should he be allowed home?
Not Even Tajikistan's All-Powerful President Can Stop Forced Military Recruitment
In Tajikistan, President Emomali Rahmon's writ is law. But his decree to stop the practice of oblava - forced military recruitment - seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
Georgian LGBT Organisation Requests ‘Hate Crime’ Label for Brutal Murder
The death of a transgender citizen has brought discussions about LGBT rights back to the fore in Georgia, a conservative country where persons of non-traditional sexual orientations suffer stigma.
Georgian Social Media Users Make Light of Political Power Struggle
A power struggle is simmering in Georgia, but citizens - who have seen worse things happen in over two decades of independence - are inclined to see the funny side.
Residents of Tbilisi, Georgia Are Out to Reclaim the Sidewalks From Selfish Drivers
Bad parking is legendary in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. An online civic movement is seeking to do something about the problem.
Uzbekistan's Controversial Cotton Harvest ‘Feeds the Regime, not Citizens’
Another violent and exploitative cotton season wraps up in Uzbekistan. The harvest's front line, from teachers and schoolchildren to doctors and nurses, will be the last to see the profits.